+LIVE+ CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF THROWING COPPER WITH SONICALLY-CHARGED LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASE

LIVE’s 8x Multi-Platinum Hit Album Throwing Copper Will Be Released On Standard Black and Limited- Edition Configurations In Celebration of 25th Anniversary October 4 
Via Radioactive/MCA/UMe

On October 4, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of LIVE’s groundbreaking sophomore album Throwing Copper, Radioactive/MCA/UMe will release a vinyl version of the multi-platinum-selling album in two configurations, a standard black 2LP as well as a limited-edition red vinyl + olive green vinyl. The vinyl releases are in addition to thealready available Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary Throwing Copper box set edition, deluxe digital version, as well as a standalone1CD set. Order Throwing Copper now here.

First released on April 26, 1994, Throwing Copper transformed LIVE into one of the most lyrically impactful and instrumentally powerful bands of the modern alternative-rock era. Topping the Billboard 200 Albums chart a year after its debut, Throwing Copperalso features two No. 1 Modern Rock singles (“Lightning Crashes,” “Selling The Drama”) and has since been certified 8x multiplatinum by the RIAA, selling over 8 million copies.

Produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Throwing Copper captured the intense hard-rock sound the four-piece band from York, Pennsylvania established with their compelling 1991 debut album, Mental Jewelry. With the declarative “Selling the Drama” to the powerful message of “I Alone” to the tenacious force of “All Over You” to the passionate story of the electrifying “Lightning Crashes,” Throwing Copper confirmed LIVE’s desire to form a deep connection with its ever-growing audience in as many ways as possible. Without a doubt, “Lightning Crashes” is the galvanizing force of nature that took both LIVE and Throwing Copper into the next stratosphere.

From there, LIVE was on a clear roll, having scored a key slot at Woodstock ’94 on August 12, 1994, in addition to logging their first appearance on Saturday Night Live on January 21, 1995, and subsequently laying down an intimate nine-song set for MTV Unplugged on February 15, 1995 — all key signposts along the way for Throwing Copper’s ultimate ascent to the top of the Billboard albums chart on May 6, 1995.

In celebration of the momentous, platinum-selling album’s 25th anniversary, Throwing Copper will be available on black and limited-edition color vinyl, allowing fans to celebrate the album that started it all for the Pennsylvania-based band and the album that would cement its place as a legendary alternative-rock force.

On tour now at amphitheaters and arenas throughout North America, +LIVE+–Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) — is marking Throwing Copper’s milestone on the co-headline The ALT-IMATE Tour with Bush. By popular demand, +LIVE+ and BUSH just added fall dates to their acclaimed ALT-IMATE Tour, which Billboard raved about as a night when the two bands “roar through the classics.” The high-powered co-headline run sees these two iconic acts celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective landmark albums Throwing Copper and Sixteen Stone. Produced by Live Nation, this hits-packed road show is hitting arenas and outdoor amphitheaters across the country, and has now added shows in San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Reno, Temecula, Phoenix and Cedar Park (see itinerary below). Tickets for all shows on sale now at LiveNation.com.

Order LIVE’s Throwing Copper here.


LIVE THROWING COPPER – 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION [2LP]

Throwing Copper – 25th Anniversary LP

Side A

1. The Dam At Otter Creek

2. Selling The Drama

3. I Alone

4. Iris

Side B

1. Lightning Crashes

2. Top

3. All Over You

4. Shit Towne

5. T.B.D.

Side C

1. Stage

2. Waitress

3. Pillar Of Davidson

4. White, Discussion

Side D

1. Horse (Hidden Track On Original Release)

2. Hold Me Up (Bonus Track)

3. We Deal In Dreams (Bonus Track)

4. Susquehanna (Bonus Track)

+LIVE+ and Bush The ALT-IMATE Tour 2019 Dates:

*new dates bolded below

Tuesday, August 06, 2019Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
Wednesday, August 07, 2019Concord, CAConcord Pavilion
Friday, August 09, 2019Tuolumne, CABlack Oak Casino – West Side Pavilion*
Saturday, August 10, 2019Costa Mesa, CAOC Fair*
Sunday, August 11, 2019Tucson, AZAVA Casino*
Wednesday, August 14, 2019Rogers, ARWalmart AMP
Friday, August 16, 2019Tampa, FLMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 17, 2019Miami, FLBayfront Park Amphitheater
Sunday, August 18, 2019Jacksonville, FLDaily’s Place
Tuesday, August 20, 2019Atlanta, GACadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Friday, August 23, 2019Essex Junction, VTChamplain Valley Expo*
Saturday, August 24, 2019Baltimore, MDMECU Pavilion
Sunday, August 25, 2019Pittsburgh, PAStage AE*
Tuesday, August 27, 2019Allentown, PAThe Great Allentown Fair
Thursday, August 29, 2019Wantagh, NYNorthwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Friday, August 30, 2019Bethel, NYBethel Woods Center for the Arts
Wednesday, September 04, 2019Dayton, OHThe Rose Music Center at The Heights
Friday, September 06, 2019Tinley Park, ILHollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 07, 2019Allegan, MIAllegan County Fair*
Sunday, September 08, 2019Rochester, MIMeadow Brook Amphitheatre
Thursday, October 10, 2019San Diego, CANorth Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Friday, October 11, 2019Las Vegas, NVThe Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Saturday, October 12, 2019Salt Lake City, UTUSANA Amphitheatre
Tuesday, October 15, 2019Portland, ORVeterans Memorial Coliseum
Wednesday, October 16, 2019Seattle, WAShoWare Center
Saturday, October 19, 2019Reno, NVGrand Sierra Theatre
Sunday, October 20, 2019Temecula, CAPechanga Resort and Casino
Monday, October 21, 2019Phoenix, AZComerica Theatre
Wednesday, October 23, 2019Cedar Park, TXHEB Events Center*

Marvel Steals the Show as San Diego Comic Con Celebrates 50 Years

By now you’ve probably heard about Disney/Marvel turning Hall H into a head spinning bonanza with the announcement of their Phase 4 slate of movies, as well as their new batch of superhero TV shows set to be released on their new streaming service, Disney+. As we’ve learned covering SDCC (for our third year now at Media Mikes), there’s a lot more to this con than the big studios throwing down the proverbial gauntlet. Although Mahershala Ali being announced as the new Blade is still pretty friggin’ awesome.

Preview Night belonged to Warner Bros., who surprisingly didn’t come loaded with their batch of DC caped crusaders despite another Wonder Woman movie on the horizon. Instead they brought the frights with an “IT: Chapter Two” panel, hosted by Conan O’Brien. While we weren’t able to snag a coveted seat inside of the Horton Grand Theatre, fans didn’t have to wait long to get a new trailer for the next chapter in clown horror. ScareDiego is quickly becoming a must-experience for fans that arrive early for Comic-Con. 

Thursday was the start to the madness as several offsites were activated and vendors on the exhibit floor quickly saw their lines capped in the early morning hours. Funko and LEGO saw the usual amount of hordes, but Mondo was the sleeper hit, with unique posters for films like “Detective Pikachu,” vinyl records (which I’m always surprised are making a comeback), and a tiki mug for “JAWS” that I’m sure the founders of MediaMikes would love to add their fanboy collection. But it didn’t take long, each and every day, for lines to be capped by volunteers to prevent clustering and to make sure people didn’t spend all day in a line where they would inevitably leave empty-handed. Although it can be frustrating being left out of the lottery for exclusives, it does give you a chance to check out the other vendors selling their own unique twist on their personal fandom. As for me, because I love a good deal, the best line was my five-minute wait for a free cricket powder protein bar. The peanut butter and jelly bug flavored goodness was in promotion of the upcoming “Snowpiercer” TV series. 

Just outside the five-decade celebration inside of the convention center, were several impressive offsites dotting the Gaslamp District. After last year’s Jack Ryan activation, some were wondering if Amazon could top their second prime activation. Long answer, sort of, short answer, no. While not as fully immersive, it provided several experiences for fans to interact with on-site actors, get some cool swag, and munch on some free Carl’s Jr. Although my favorite offsite may be a toss-up between Adult Swim’s carnival and the Alfred Pennyworth speak-easy. Both had minimal waits, plenty to do once you got inside, and lots of exclusive goodies. That shouldn’t take away from the nearly two dozen other activations that provided their own chances to geek out, including the “South Park” mini-golf course.

Now, instead of gushing over the panels I attended, I think it’s easier to make note of something, that’s a common complaint every year, but organizers of Comic Con need to recognize the cultural significance of several properties. “Rick and Morty” is too big to be in the Indigo Ballroom. Two hours before the panel on Friday, the line wrapped around inside, down a flight of stairs, through the lobby, outside to the pier, wrapped around again, and then capped itself near the convention center across the way. The same thing happened with Brooklyn 99 on Saturday, but this time in a different, but still significantly small room. I’d be willing to bet money that “Rick and Morty,” who deserves to be in Hall H, will have more viewers this upcoming season than “The Walking Dead,” which was in Hall H at that same time slot. Times change quickly these days in pop-culture and it’s important for Comic Con keep their  finger on the pulse.

For the third year in a row, we’re incredibly gracious that Comic Con has allowed us inside to cover the convention. Despite the long lines, sore feet, the current lack of cash in my bank account and the sunburn I’m rocking because I forgot to pack sunscreen, it was all worth it. It always is and always will be. We look forward to Comic Con 2020. I’ve already begun checking my couch cushions for change because July 23rd-26th, 2020, doesn’t feel that far away.

Nickelodeon Celebrates 20 Years of Spongebob With a 75-hour Dvd Collection of Nautical Nonsense “Spongebob Squarepants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever!”

30-Disc collection with special anniversary poster available exclusively on Amazon Prime Day on July 15, 2019. Available nationwide on August 27, 2019

NEW YORK – July 10, 2019 – Nickelodeon is celebrating twenty years of the worlds’ most recognizable yellow sponge with a special DVD release, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever! This DVD collection, made up of two box-sets, will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Day on July 15, 2019, followed by a nationwide release on August 27, 2019 wherever DVDs are sold. Each DVD comes with the special-edition 20th anniversary SpongeBob SquarePants poster, which was created specifically for Nickelodeon San Diego Comic-Con and features all 760 characters and creatures that have ever appeared on the show. 

This collection contains SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes & SpongeBob SquarePants: The Next 100 Episodes and features every deep-sea adventure from the first 200 episodes of the series. Get lost in the zany and wonderful world of Bikini Bottom and relive every “F.U.N.” episode from the first nine seasons including classic episodes such as “SpongeBob You’re Fired,” “It Came from Goo Lagoon,” and “Mermaidman Begins.”                         

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever! fast facts:
Street Date: June 15, 2019 (Amazon Prime); August 27, 2019 (nationwide)
Catalog: 59207160000 (US); 59207161000 (CAN)
Running Time: 75 hrs 33 min
Audio: Dolby Digital English Stereo
S.R.P.: $76.99

NEW YEARS DAY ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH GODSMACK

NEW ALBUM UNBREAKABLE OUT NOW

New Years Day has just announced a handful of tour dates with legendary rock band Godsmack. The female fronted rock band will join the tour as direct support starting on July 12th in Rochester and wrapping on July 26th in Uncasville. Before the Godsmack tour New Years Day will hit the road for their Unbreakable Headline Tour. For more information on the band’s upcoming tour dates and to purchase ticket, visit New Years Day’s website HERE

The band recently released the music video for their lead single, “Shut Up”, which was directed by Galileo Mondol (Raging Nation Films), and stars Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin. Watch the American Psycho inspired music video HERE

“Shut Up” is off of the band’s newest full-length album, Unbreakable, and is currently #15 on the Active Rock Mediabase chart, #17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and #19 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The track just surpassed 2.9 million total worldwide streamsand has been featured on “Rock Hard“, “Heavy Queens“, “New Metal Tracks“, “New Noise“, and “Fierce Femmes” playlists, along with Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock” playlist and Amazon Music’s “Rock Scene“, “Brand New Music“, and “Fresh Hard Rock” playlists. 

Unbreakable, the band’s most recent full-length album, was produced by Mitchell Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown & American Authors), is available for purchase and on all streaming platforms HERE

Formed in Orange County, Calif. by Ashley CostelloNew Years Day shook the scene with theirCentury Media debut, Victim to Villain, in 2013 featuring their breakout single “Angel Eyes.”The five-piece later cemented their place in the heavy music landscape with their Epidemic EP and critically-acclaimed Malevolence full-length in 2015, clocking more than 20 million views on YouTube. The band has since become the most visually-captivating group in modern rock, playing for millions of fans around the world, sharing the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Halestorm,Nine Inch Nails, Escape The Fate, Hellyeah and Five Finger Death Punch while also headlining the longest-running touring festival, Vans Warped Tour, in 2017. As new challenges and new worlds beckon, the band released their most recent EP, Diary of a Creep, in January to pay tribute to the artists who shaped them thus far. The EP featured renditions of Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and their original track “Disgust Me”. 

Unbreakable is a punch to the throat and the band’s best offering to date. This record is utterly flawless and will be noted as New Years Day’s official entry into the upper echelons of rock royalty.” – Outburn “The album is filled with well-written, memorable lyrics that put Costello’s newfound confidence prominently on display. Paired with some of the band’s heaviest riffs, Unbreakable finds the band making some of their most powerful and necessary music to date.” – Metal Insider 

“Sonically, Unbreakable is by far New Years Day’s best sounding album to date. Aside from the rattling of Alternative Metal that will have listeners banging their heads and thrashing all around, Unbreakable is a powerful album from top to bottom.” – Cryptic Rock“the best album from the band to date.” – Tattoo.com 

NEW YEARS DAY TOUR DATES

Headline Dates w/Diamante and Savage After Midnight

June 11 – Bakersfield, CA – 1933

June 13 – Fresno, CA – Strummers

June 14 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

June 16 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick 

Headline Dates w/Rivals and Savage After Midnight

June 17 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS

June 20 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage

June 21 – Dallas, TX – Trees

June 23 – New Orleans, LA – Parish at House of Blues

June 25 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

June 26 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

June 28 – Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theater

June 29 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora

June 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest*

July 2 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

July 4 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus^

July 5 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club^

July 6 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

July 7 – Scranton, PA – Stage West

July 9 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

July 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

July 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam**

August 3 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre**

August 5 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver** 

w/Godsmack

July 12 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory

July 13 – Detroit, MI – WRIFF Fest*

July 14 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Union Amphitheatre

July 17 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

July 19 – Portsmouth, VA – Union Bank & Transfer Pavilion

July 20 – Glens Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena

July 23 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

July 24 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM Nataional Harbor

July 26 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino

August 2 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater*

September 27 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*

October 12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival* w/Halestorm

November 13 – Paris, France – Pleyel

November 14 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium

November 16 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle

November 18 – Offenbach, Germany – Capitol

November 19 – Hamburg, Germany – Grobe Freiheit

November 20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live

November 24 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – The SSE Hydro

November 25 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Motorpoint arena

November 27 – Cardiff, United Kingdom -Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

November 28 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace

*festival dates

**no support

^Savage After Midnight only

HARRY AND THE POTTERS ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 13 YEARS: LUMOS – OUT JUNE 21st

The pioneers of wizard rock return with a double LP chronicling the all-too-relevant events of the seventh Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“The Potters specialize in lo-fi indie rock, sung from the perspective of the protagonist, played by both [Paul] DeGeorge and his brother Joe. Musically, they take cues from the nerdy meanderings of They Might Be Giants and Magnetic Fields, adding on silly lyrics sourced from the books’ plot lines.”-Rolling Stone ” …a gimmick, a daydream, and a beautiful geeky power-fantasy all wrapped in one… they wrote music about what they adored, they had no fear, and along the way they fostered a beautiful thing.” VICE’s Noisey 

On June 21st, wizard rock pioneers Harry and the Potters (Paul and Joe DeGeorge), will release their first full-length album since 2006: LumosUsing the magic of rock and roll, it chronicles the events of the seventh and final Harry Potter book where J.K. Rowling’s teen wizard and his friends are on the run from a xenophobic, authoritarian regime and must work diligently to take down a dark wizard who capitalizes on fear and emboldens supremacist wizards. In other words, the subject matter of Lumos is extremely relevant. Harry and the Potters will embark on their first national tour of libraries since 2011 in support of the new album

Lumos was first announced to Harry and the Potters’ fans with a Kickstarter campaign on April 23rd, doubling its funding goal within 24 hours of launch.  

Lumos is an album for this political moment. For the parents raising a younger generation reading these books for the first time, it’s an opportunity to connect the dots: the systems facilitating oppression in the wizard world – state-run media, children being separated from their mixed-blood parents, surveillance systems, and pureblood supremacy – strongly echo the daily reality of creeping neo-fascism. For the generation of Harry Potter fans that has grown up into a world where cartoonish villains occupy the halls of power, it’s a reminder that there is a pathway forward. Now is the time for Dumbledore’s Army, for the Order of the Phoenix. We are being called upon to become the heroes that this moment necessitates.

Paul DeGeorge tells Rolling Stone, “we’re hoping that parents and their young kids might see us play at the library, hear a song explicitly critiquing pureblood supremacy and then later have a real discussion about white supremacy and how it manifests in their own lives.”

These are wizard fight songs, but there are also songs about riding dragons, magic pictures of cats, and using cool spells while camping. There is even a platonic friendship power ballad duet with Kimya Dawson, who makes a special guest appearance as Hermione Granger. Truly there is something here for the whole family – especially if the whole family is invested in defeating Voldemort.

Tracklist:

1. Lumos

2. You’re Not the Wizard

3. Good Riddance (Privet Drive)

4. The Trace

5. On the Importance of Media Literacy Under Authoritarian Rule

6. Hermione’s Army

7. What Happened to the Cat?

8. The Banality of Evil (Song for Albert Runcorn)

9. Gone Campin’

10. Where’s Ron? (featuring Kimya Dawson as Hermione Granger)

11. No Pureblood Supremacy

12. Voldemort in Your Head

13. The Sword, The Cup, and the Dragon

14. The Cloak

15. The Stone

16. The Wand

Tour dates (More to be announced): 

June 21 – Gloucester, MA – Sawyer Free Library 
June 22 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
June 23 – London, ON – The Rec Room
June 24 – Toronto, ON – The Rec Room
June 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor District Downtown Library
June 28 – Athens, OH – Athens Public Library
June 29 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Free Public Library
June 30 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
July 1 – DeForest, WI – DeForest Area Public Library
July 2 – Dubuque, IA – Eagle Point Park (rain location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library)
July 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
July 4 – Rapid City, SD – Memorial Park Bandshell
July 5 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Strings Music Festival
July 6 – Boulder, CO – Band Shell in Central Park
July 7 – Denver, CO – Mercury Cafe
July 8 – Provo, UT – Provo Library at Academy Square
July 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
July 12 – Missoula, MT – Missoula Public Library
July 13 – Calgary, AB – The Rec Room
July 14 – Edmonton, AB – The Rec Room
July 16 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Public Library
July 17 – Anacortes, WA – Causland Park
July 18 – Olympia, WA – Olympia Timberland Library
July 19 – Seattle, WA – Seattle Public Library
July 20 – Portland, OR – St. Johns Library
July 20 – Portland, OR – Gresham Library
July 21 – Eugene, OR – Downtown Eugene Public Library
July 23 – Santa Clara, CA – Northside Branch Library
July 24 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
July 25 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Public Library Main Branch
July 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Public Library
July 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
July 31 – Huntington Beach, CA – Huntington Beach Public Library
August 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Clark County Library 
August 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Burton Barr Central Library
August 3 – Tucson, AZ – Flowing Wells Branch Library
August 4 – El Paso, TX – El Paso Public Library
August 5 – San Antonio, TX – The Magik Theater
August 6 – Houston, TX – Houston Public Library – Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza
August 7 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Public Library – Main Library
August 8 – Ridgeland, MS – Ridgeland Public Library
August 9 – Dallas, TX – LeakyCon
August 11 – Dallas, TX – Renner Frankford Branch Library
August 12 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
August 14 – Shawnee, KS – Monticello Library
August 15 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City County Library – Hardesty Regional Library
August 16 – Springfield, MO – The Library Center
August 18 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Public Library
August 20 – Washington, DC – Woodridge Library
August 21 – Lewes, DE – Lewes Public Library
August 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
August 24 – Boston, MA – Boston Public Library (Dartmouth Street Steps)

Harry and the Potters are the first wizard rock band. They play songs exclusively about the Harry Potter books. The band consists of brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge. They grew up in a suburban Boston house that has a cupboard under the stairs. Since 2002, Harry and the Potters have performed over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, and all ages venues all over the world. Their high-energy live show has become legendary. Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list noting, “the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America… The Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this.”

Inspired by equal parts Fugazi and They Might Be Giants, Bruce Springsteen and Negativland, the band continues to occupy a bizarre niche that brings their DIY punk ethos to the fandom of a mainstream cultural phenomena. Their commitment to playing all ages shows has meant extensive touring in unconventional spaces like libraries (where a large number of teens and pre-teens undoubtedly saw their first concert ever). As fandom and convention culture has gone mainstream  – and in the process become increasingly corporatized – over the past decade, it feels refreshing to see a free Harry and the Potters show at the local library.

The band helped co-found the pioneering fan activist organization The Harry Potter Alliance and were profiled in the 2008 documentary We Are Wizards. With their annual Yule Balls (2005-present) and the Wizard Rock EP Club (which released albums from over 30 different wizard rock bands between 2007-2009), the band has raised over $100,000 for the Harry Potter Alliance and other literature-related charities.

In 2019, they will release Lumos, their first full-length album in over a decade, and will embark on an extensive summer tour of libraries across the United States.

For more info visit: www.harryandthepotters.com

Prog-rock Pioneers Crack the Sky To Play New York City for the First Time in over 20 Years, April 20 at the Loft at City Winery

NEW ALBUM LIVING IN REVERSE AND CAREER RETROSPECTIVE CRACKOLOGY WERE RELEASED AUGUST 24, 2018

LIVING IN REVERSE CRACKED THE CHARTS WITH THEIR HIGHEST CHARTING DEBUT IN 40 YEARS

L to R: Bobby Hird, Dave DeMarco, Joey D’Amico, John Palumbo, Rick Witkowski, Glenn Workman
Photo Credit: Rei Perri

Prog-rock pioneers Crack The Sky, whoRolling Stone Magazine calls “…the Best U.S. Prog Band You’ve Never Heard,” return to New York for the first time in over 20 years to play a special show at The Loft At City Winery Saturday April 20, 2019.  “For the last 20 years, our New York-area fans have had to travel south to come see us, so we are all very excited to finally bring the party to them,” said the band.  “We couldn’t be more thrilled to play for them and return to New York City after all of these years. It’s long overdue!”

On January 1, 1976 Stephen Holden of Rolling Stone magazine called the debut album by Crack The Sky “…one of year’s most impressive debuts.”  Now, some 40 years later, the band cracked the charts with their highest charting debut in 40 years with their new studio album Living In Reverse.  It charted at #7 Heatseekers, #31 Independent Current Albums, and #40 Top Current Albums.  The band also released Crackology, a collection of 12 career favorites.  Both came out on August 24, 2018 on Loud & Proud Records.

Living In Reverse showcases 12 new genre-defying Crack tracks that Vintage Guitar calls “…heavy Beatlesque pop” including “Talk Talk” – the lyric video was included in the recent Rolling Stone feature, “RainingRain” which Billboard Magazine premiered, and Living In Reverse” which Relix premiered.   The retrospective Crackology chronicles a dozen of the best re-recorded gems as culled from the band’s rich and storied 40-year catalog. Goldmine Magazine said, “…on both albums, Crack the Sky surges with the vitality and energy of a young band, bringing so much ‘crack’ to the older songs that Crackology sounds just as fresh as Living in Reverse.”  Vintage Guitar said “…Crack The Sky is rockin’ better than ever.”

Tickets for their April 20 New York show are on sale now through The Loft At City Winery here.

Crack The Sky is
John Palumbo – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Rick Witkowski – Guitars & Vocals
Joey D’Amico – Drums & Vocals
Bobby Hird – Guitars & Vocals
Glenn Workman – Keyboards & Vocals
Dave DeMarco – Bass & Vocals

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BUCK-O-NINE RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW RECORD IN 12 YEARS

THIS APRIL NEW RECORD, FUNDAYMENTAL, OUT APRIL 19TH ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE 1ST SINGLE, “TOP OF THE WORLD,’ NOW AT PUNKNEWS.ORG

Southern California’s beloved and influential ska-punk band BUCK-O-NINE will make their long-awaited return this year with the release of their 6th album, FunDayMental, on April 19th with Cleopatra Records. The band celebrates the announcement of their first record in 12 years with the release of a video today for a brand new single titled

Top of the World,” that’s streaming at PunkNews.org.  WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “TOP OF THE WORLD” AT PUNKNEWS.ORGhttp://bit.ly/2HPtIpdPRE-ORDER FUNDAYMENTAL NOW AT https://orcd.co/eb25v9k

“Top of the World” is a reminder to take a step back from your reality and evaluate your current situation to make sure you’re running positive and sifting thru the chaos with an open mind.” – Jon Pebsworth (vocals) Formed nearly 3 decades ago in San Diego, BUCK-O-NINE were an integral part in the early 90’s ska scene, who shared the stages with acts like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Specials among others and helped spark a global ska phenomenon. Over the years the band released 5 albums, had songs featured in movies and television and enjoyed the success of multiple singles. 

Following the release of 2007’s Sustain, BUCK-O-NINE consistently performed live to fans both old and new in Western states, and has now regrouped for an introspective and infectious new record that shows they’ve still got it!. The band’s sixth full-length, FunDayMental, sees them once again combining elements of reggae, rocksteady, rock and punk into a unique amalgam of music that the act has pioneered since 1991. Amazingly, their lineup also features six out of seven founding members and their “newest” musician, bassist Andy Platfoot, has been in the band for 19 years. That sort of history makes Buck-O-Nine less of a band than they are a family and that dynamic is evident on all 14 songs on FunDayMental, which includes the band’s new material alongside reworked versions of fan favorites “My Town” and “Irish Drinking Song.”  

“The album is about life, love and unity.  It’s a reflection of our lives and struggles in this crazy beautiful world.” –  – Jon Pebsworth (vocals) BUCK-O-NINE has confirmed a handful of shows in support of the new album with additional dates to be announced soon. 

FunDayMental Tracklisting:

  1. Paint The Night Red
  2. Top Of The World
  3. In My Room
  4. Skeletons
  5. We Won’t Fight
  6. Fun Day Mental
  7. With You I Can
  8. Irish Drinking Song (MThead Sessions)
  9. YaYa
  10. Don’t Be Afraid
  11. Monday Morning
  12. Tuff Rudeboy
  13. My Town (MThead Sessions)
  14. Dust it Off

BUCK-O-NINE TOUR DATES:

May 24-29 – Japanese Tour

Aug 22 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theatre

Aug 23 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge

Aug 24 – Chicago, IL – 350 Fest: Weekend Invasion @ Tinley Field

The Avett Brothers Announce New Year’s Eve Shows at Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum

THE AVETT BROTHERS ANNOUNCE NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOWS AT CHARLOTTE’S BOJANGLES COLISEUM

THE AVETT BROTHERS announced today that they will be ringing in 2019 with two shows at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bojangles Coliseum on December 30th and December 31st.

Tickets will be available to Avett Guild members starting on Tuesday, July 10th at 10am and will then go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 13th at 10am. CID Entertainment will once again be offering special VIP and travel packages. More info can be found at theavettbrothers.com.

The band recently finished up a three night sold out run at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, performing to nearly 30,000 people. The band continues on tour throughout the rest of 2018. See full tour dates at: www.theavettbrothers.com/tour.

This past year has been historical for The Avett Brothers as they released their critically acclaimed documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow [Doc & Darryl, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin] and Michael Bonfiglio [My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Jerry Before Seinfeld]. The film followed the band as they wrote their Grammy nominated album True Sadness. The film was released theatrically and debuted on HBO on January 29th. In support of the film the band appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starting Jimmy Fallon, Today Show, and Sirius XM.

THE AVETT BROTHERS’ album, True Sadness [American Recordings/Republic Records], achieved the group’s highest career debut to date and dominated multiple charts, arriving at #1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, #1 Top Rock Albums Chart, #1 on the Digital Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. The album was also nominated for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance for “Ain’t No Man” by the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Tenacious D Announce First U.S. Tour In Five Years

TENACIOUS D 
ANNOUNCE FIRST U.S. TOUR IN FIVE YEARS

New Album 2018…..Probably
New Tour 2018…..DEFINITELY

Acclaimed rock duo and basically everyone’s favorite band ever Tenacious D– comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass– will embark on their first U.S. tour in five years this fall. Tickets for the highly anticipated run go on sale on Friday, May 18th at 10 am in all local markets.

Watch the awesome tour trailer HERE.

Tenacious D are also hard at work at the follow up to 2012’s Rise of the Fenix; stay tuned for more…

The dates are:
6/16/18 Montebello, Quebec @ Montebello Rockfest
10/6/18 San Bernardino, CA @ Cal Jam 18
11/3/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
11/5/18 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/7/18 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
11/8/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
11/9/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/10/18 Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
11/12/18 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/13/18 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

10 Years Continue to Tour In Support of Hit Album “(how to live) As Ghosts)”

10 YEARS CONTINUES TO TOUR IN SUPPORT OF HIT ALBUM
(how to live) AS GHOSTS MIXING HEADLINE APPEARANCES WITH
CANADIAN DATES SHARING THE STAGE WITH SHINEDOWN AND
IN THIS MOMENT ALONGSIDE SHOWS WITH BREAKING BENJAMIN

10 Years continues the heavy touring schedule that began with their return to the scene in support of the band’s latest studio album (how to live) AS GHOSTS. The lead single “Novacaine” has been a smash at active rock radio, across streaming platforms globally, and on video domains like YouTube where the official video has been viewed over 1.1 million times (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glGnGOpf6c), The album marks the return of Brian Vodinh (guitar / drums) and Matt Wantland (guitar), and is their sixth full-length studio release, Produced by Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones, KoRn, Mastodon), the repertoire has been celebrated by fans and critics alike. On release, singer Jesse Hasek shared, “It’s funny. I named our last record From Birth to Burial (2015) because I thought it was our final record. It just didn’t feel like 10 Years without Brian and Matt, and having them back is really a reunion of the core writing team. This new record actually feels like a real rebirth for the band.”

The deep connection to these songs that is emerging from the fan base reflects the directness singer Hasek took with his lyrics. He shares, “In the past, I’ve written a lot of songs that were pretty ambiguous. But on this record, I’m comfortable being direct and talking about things that are important to me now. I’m older and find myself reflecting on the world more, especially after having traveled the globe. I’ve crossed paths with a lot of people, and perspectives shared have been enlightening for me as I look at The World. I see what’s going on around me. All the political, social, and religious turmoil, it had me thinking about how many people are judging and preparing for death, but are actually missing life. And, instead of using spirituality for good, a lot of people use it to point fingers and judge. Instead of worrying where we end up in the end, we need to focus on the now and the humanity.” Since release, the band has toured with Vodinh on guitar, Chad Huff on bass, and Kyle Mayer on drums. Vodinh reflects, “We’re bringing it back to the way it should be. It feels great to be back with these guys and we’re in such a good place musically and creatively.”

CONFIRMED APPEARANCES INCLUDE:
3/22 Mandan, ND Strawberry Bar
3/23 Minot, ND The O’riginal Bar and Nightclub
3/24 Billings, MT Pub Station
3/27 Penticton, British Columbia South Okanagan Events Centre *
3/29 Edmonton, Alberta Shaw Conference Centre *
3/30 Dawson Creek, British Columbia EnCana Events Centre *
3/31 Calgary, Alberta Grey Eagle Resort & Casino *
4/02 Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre *
4/03 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sasktel Centre *
4/04 Lethbridge, Alberta Enmax Centre *
4/06 Abbotsford, British Columbia Abbotsford Centre *
4/07 Missoula, MT The Wilma
4/09 Casper, WY Casper Events Center
4/10 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
4/12 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater & Club
4/13 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
4/14 Tucson, AZ Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
4/17 Monroe, LA Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom
4/18 Destin, FL Club LA
4/20 Tampa Bay, FL WXTB 98 Rockfest @ Amalie Arena
4/21 Orlando, FL WJRR Earthday Birthday @ Central FL Fairgrounds
4/22 Ladson, SC WYBB 98 Rockfest @ Ladson Fairgrounds
4/25 Richmond, VA The National !
4/26 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues !
4/27 Greenville, SC Harley Davidson Greenville
4/28 Critz, VA Reynolds Homestead
4/29 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
5/02 Charlotte, NC The Underground
5/03 Chattanooga, TN The Signal !
5/05 Jefferson, LA Southport Hall
5/07 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works !
5/09 Springfield Shrine Mosque !
5/11 Sioux Falls, SD The District !
5/13 Somerset, WI Somerset Amphitheater
5/15 Joliet, IL The Forge
5/16 Clive, IA 7 Flags Event Center !
5/17 Peoria, IL Peoria RiverFront
5/18 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range @ Mapfre Stadium
5/24 Knoxville, TN The International
5/26 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavillion
5/27 Pryor, OK Catch The Fever Music Festival
5/31 Sturgis, SD Nikki’s
6/01 Sauget, IL Pop’s Nightclub
6/02 Kansas City, KS The Grounds At Kansas Speedway
6/14 Oshkosh, WI Ford Festival Park
6/15 Belvidere, IL The Apollo Theater
6/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino – Wolf Den
8/04 Sturgis, SD Iron Horse Saloon

* Shinedown, In This Moment, One Bad Son
! Breaking Benjamin

http://10yearsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic/
https://twitter.com/10years

10 Years Release Video For The Song “Novacaine”.

10 Years presents lead video for the song “Novacaine” in front of new album “(how to live) AS GHOSTS” coming October 27.

Pre-Order Link:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/10yearsmusic

ABOUT 10 YEARS
10 Years has come a long way since their inception in 1999. The band landed a deal with Universal/Republic Records on the strength of their two independent releases, 2001’s Into the Half Moon and 2004’s Killing All That Holds You. Their major label debut, 2005’s The Autumn Effect, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart thanks to their breakthrough hit, “Wasteland,” which topped Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, and “Through the Iris,” which hit No. 20 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The band followed that success with 2008’s Division, featuring co-production work from Rick Parashar (Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam). The album peaked at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 and spawned the hit “Beautiful,” which reached No. 6 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The momentum continued with 2010’s Feeding the Wolves, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down) and bowed at No. 17 on The Billboard 200, while the single, “Shoot It Out,” peaked at No. 6 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and spent 25 weeks on the chart. The group, which toured the world with such rock greats at Linkin Park, Korn, and Deftones, went back to their indie roots with 2012’s Minus the Machine on their own Palehorse Records, which was part of Warner Music Label Group. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 8 on the Top Rock Albums chart, and No. 26 on The Billboard 200.

Dates:
10/13 Knoxville, TN Mill & Mine, +
10/14 Winchester, VA Blue Fox Billiards <
10/15 Morgantown, WV Schmitt’s <
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel *
10/19 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club *
10/20 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2 *
10/21 New York, NY Highline Ballroom *
10/23 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger *
10/25 Darlington, SC Carolina Night Live *
10/26 Atlanta, GA Masquerade *
10/27 Destin, FL Club LA 99 Rock show w/ Pop Evil *
10/28 Cape Coral, FL Dixie Roadhouse – 93X show w/ Pop Evil *
10/29 Orlando, FL House of Blues *
10/31 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre *
11/02 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall *
11/03 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s *
11/04 Sauget, IL Pop’s *
11/05 Joliet, IL The Forge *
11/07 Kansasville, WI 1175 *
11/08 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall *
11/10 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s *
11/11 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue *
11/28 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works =
11/29 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen =
12/01 Dallas, TX Southside Ballroom =
12/02 Houston, TX Revention Music Center =
12/04 Birmingham, AL Iron City =
12/05 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte =
12/06 Raleigh, NC The Ritz =
12/11 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live =
12/14 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre =
12/17 Chicago, IL House of Blues =

* Co-Headline dates with RED
< Headline w/ Otherwise supporting
+ 10 Years headline
= Supporting Chevelle

Links:
http://10yearsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic/

 

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Hatebreed Celebrate 20 Years Of “Desire” and 15 Years Of “Perseverance” With Fall Tour

HATEBREED ARE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF “DESIRE” AND 15 YEARS OF “PERSEVERANCE” WITH FALL HEADLINE TOUR

Unstoppable, Grammy-nominated hardcore juggernaut Hatebreed released their first full-length, the modern hardcore classic Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire, back in November of 1997. The album set the tone for the type of moshable metal that would eventually go on to define the ’00s.

2002’s Perseverance was a perfectly executed, packed-with-anthems follow up that has become emblematic of the era. In fact, the album’s iconic and lyrically uplifting track, “I Will Be Heard,” has become the band’s signature battle cry, securing its place as the quintessential, fist-in-the-air chant of the new millennium, thanks to a call-to-action that starts with “Now is the time for me to rise to my feet…”

In the 20 years since their definitive debut, Hatebreed have rightfully earned their status as hardcore legends. They’ve remained road warriors, touring constantly and reducing venues to pile of rubble and ash while sharing stages with everyone from Slipknot to Slayer and serving as one of the top-tier headliners on multiple festivals, from Ozzfest to Mayhem to Warped Tour.

The band will embark on a headline tour this fall, celebrating the 20 years of Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire and the 15 years of Perseverance by playing a majority of songs from both albums, along with other fan favorites from across the entire Hatebreed catalogue.

Support for the tour is confirmed and will be announced in early September. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 25.

Hatebreed’s latest critically acclaimed album The Concrete Confessional is out now via Nuclear Blast.

HATEBREED 20 YEARS OF DESIRE & 15 YEARS OF PERSEVERANCE TOUR DATES:
10/26/17 — Houston, TX — Proof Bar
10/27/17 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
10/28/17 — Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico — Knotfest Mexico
11/22/17 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance
11/24/17 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/25/17 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
11/26/17 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
11/27/17 — Greensboro, NC — Arizona Pete’s
11/29/17 — St. Petersburg, FL — The State Theatre
11/30/17 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
12/01/17 — Louisville, KY —Diamond Pub Concert Hall
12/2/17 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
12/3/17 — Chicago, IL — Metro
12/5/17 — Detroit, MI — The Majestic
12/6/17 — Toronto, ON — Opera House
12/7/17 — Buffalo, NY — Waiting Room
12/8/17 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
12/9/17 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom

PERSISTENCE TOUR 2018 – EUOROPEAN DATES:
1/18/18 — Berlin, Germany — Astra Kulturhaus
1/19/1 — Utrecht, Netherlands — Tivoli Rondá
1/20/18 — Dresden, Germany — Eventwerk
1/21/18 — Munich, Germany — Backstage
1/22/18 — Zurich, Switzerland — Komplex
1/23/18 — Wiesbaden, Germany — Schlachthof
1/24/18 — Brno, Czech Republic — Sono
1/25/18 — Lichtenfels, Germany — Stadthalle
1/26/18 — Torhou, Belgium — De House
1/27/18 — Oberhausen, Germany — Turbinenhalle
1/28/18 — London, UK — at O2 Forum Kentish

CD Review: “Live at Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster: Harder: Louder”

“Live at Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster: Harder: Louder”
Silver Lining
4 Discs
Runtime: 271 minutes

Our score:  CD 2.5 out of 5 stars
BluRay/DVD 3.5 our of 5 stars

The ultimate heavy metal event-in-a-box is now available for fans to enjoy in the comfort of their very own home. “Live at Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster: Harder: Louder” is a collection of some of the best performances from the 2016 Wacken Open Air festival held in Germany each yr. The double disc CD and DVD/BluRay features music from over 30 artists including Arch Enemy, Saxon and Bullet for My Valentine all packaged nicely in multi fold digipack.

No need for lengthy international travel or standing in a soggy bog along the European country side as “Live at Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster: Harder: Louder” allows you to enjoy a majority of the Wacken Open Air festival from the safety and dryness of your own couch or recliner. Get comfortable as with a runtime of over four hours you are definitely in for a long haul especially if you plan to check it out from start to finish. If you want to skip around a little I highly recommend checking out the performances from Eluveitie, Bullet for My Valentine and Dio Disciples as they were easily my favorite. I also enjoyed the video version of this package a little more as it included in most cases a couple songs from each artist.

Invite a few friends over crack open some drinks and thrown on either the DVD/BluRay or the included audio versions of the release. Though a majority of the performances contained on the set are from European acts I wasn’t too familiar with there is still plenty of other material from bands I had heard before. Though I enjoyed seeing bands like Steel Panther and Saxon I think I had more fun checking out the bands who I hadn’t heard of because those performances were fresh and new to me. It’s always great to be exposed to new music and that’s certainly what “Live at Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster: Harder: Louder” does. I do feel though that if you are a more casual metal fan there might not be enough familiarity included to warrant purchasing the cumbersome four disc set however, If you are a dedicated, die hard metal head that has yearned for the Wacken experience but couldn’t make the trip then this release is certainly for you as it gets you as close as you can be without actually being there.

BluRay/DVD Track Listing: Disc 1

1.) Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons- Big Mouth
2.) Profaner- Killing On Command
3.) Hamatom- Alte Liebe Rostet Nicht
4.) Auan- Pjaning Heillar Bjodar
5.) Saxon- Battering Ram
6.) Saxon- Heavy Metal Thunder
7.) Zombies Ate My Girlfriend- Appropriate Hate Crimes
8.) Vader- Triumph of Death
9.) Tsjuder- Demonic Supremacy
10.) Immolation- Despondent Souls
11.) Therapy? Screamager
12.) Michael Monroe- 78
13.) Orden Ogan- F.E.V.E.R.
14.) Orden Ogan- The Things We Believe In
15.) The Vintage Caravan- Expand Your Mind
16.) Bury Tomorrow- Man On Fire
17.) Entombed A.D.- Dead Dawn
18.) Equilibrium- But Im Auge
19.) Equilibrium- Born To Be Epic
20.) Die Krupps- Fatherland
21.) Axel Rudi Pell- Game Of Sins
22.) Axel Rudi Pell- Rock The Nation
23.) Ektomorf- Holocaust
24.) Girlschool- Take It Like a Band
25.) Lemmy- Born To Lose, Live To Win

Bluray/DVD Track Listing: Disc 2

1.) Torfrock- Trunkenbold
2.) Torfrock- PreBlufthammer B B-Bernhard
3.) Eluveitie- Tegernako
4.) Eluveitie- Havoc
5.) Bullet For My Valentine- Tears Don’t Fall
6.) Bullet For My Valentine- Waking The Demon
7.) Tarja- No Bitter End
8.) 1349- Sculptor Of Flesh
9.) Red Fang- Prehistoric Dog
10.) Unisonic- Unisonic
11.) Caliban- Paralyzed
12.) While She Sleeps- Four Walls
13.) Eskimo Callboy- Muffin Purper-Gurk
14.) Myrkur- Jeg er Guden, I er tjenerne
15.) Borknagar- Colossus
16.) Borknagar- Winter Thrice
17.) Metal Church- Gods Of Second Chance
18.) Therion- Sons Of The Sun
19.) Therion- Sons Of The Staves Of Time
20.) Steel Panther- Asian Hooker
21.) Steel Panther- Community Property
22.) Steak Number Eight- Black Eyed
23.) Triptykon- Morbid Tales
24.) Buffalo Summer- Money
25.) Barb Wire Dolls- Heart Attack
26.) Arch Enemy- War Eternal
27.) Budderside- Pain
28.) Dio Disciples- The Last In Line
29.) Dio Disciples- Stargazer

CD Track Listing: Disc 1

1.) Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons- Big Mouth
2.) Hamatom- Alte Liebe Rostet Nicht
3.) Saxon- Battering Ram
4.) Vader- Triumph Of Death
5.) Tsjuder- Demonic Supremacy
6.) Immolation- Despondent Souls
7.) Theraphy?- Screamager
8.) Michael Monroe- 78
9.) The Vintage Caravan- Expand Your Mind
10.) Bury Tomorrow- Man On Fire
11.) Entombed A.D.- Dead Dawn
12.) Equilibrium- Born To Be Epic
13.) Die Krupps- Fatherland
14.) Axel Rudi Pell- Rock The Nation
15.) Girlschool- Take It Like a Band
16.) Ektomorf- Holocaust
17.) Torfrock- PreBlufthammer B B-Bernhard
18.) Eluveitie- Havoc

CD Track Listing: Disc 2

1.) Bullet For My Valentine- Tears Don’t Fall
2.) Tarja- No Bitter End
3.) 1349- Sculptor Of Flesh
4.) Red Fang- Prehistoric Dog
5.) Unisonic- Unisonic
6.) Caliban- Paralyzed
7.) Eskimo Callboy- Muffin Purper-Gurk
8.) Borknagar- Colossus
9.) Metal Church- Gods Of Second Chance
10.) Therion- Sons Of The Staves Of Time
11.) Steel Panther- Community Property
12.) Steak Number Eight- Black Eyed
13.) Triptykon- Morbid Tales
14.) Buffalo Summer- Money
15.) Barb Wire Dolls- Heart Attack
16.) Arch Enemy- War Eternal
17.) Budderside- Pain
18.) Dio Disciples- Stargazer

 

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Win a copy of Time Life’s “The Wonder Years: The Complete Series”

In preparation for the upcoming “The Wonder Years: The Complete Series” DVD box set re-issue on August 23rd Media Mikes and Time Life would like to give fans of the show a chance to win a copy of the series for their very own. Please leave us a comment below or email us your favorite memory from the show. This give away will remain open until Wednesday, August 31st at 5pm, Eastern Time. One entry per-person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select a winner and notify them via email.

“THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES”

For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ’60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).
Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical awkward teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight. From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, and loss, but above all, wonder.

This 22-DVD set contains all 115 episodes from the six seasons of this landmark series that aired from 1988 to 1993. Included in this specially-priced slipcase set are complete show notes with episode synopses, cast member reflections, “Current Events,” and more plus nearly 12 hours of bonus material, as well as an astounding soundtrack of over 300 classic period songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts featuring such artists as: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and of course, Joe Cocker’s unforgettable theme.

BONUS FEATURES
• Highlights from the first cast reunion in 16 years
• Roundtable discussions with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage, and Josh Saviano
• 6 newly produced featurettes
• Farewell set tour
• One-hour ABC broadcast of the series finale
• Exclusive interviews with the show’s creators and cast including Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Olivia d’Abo, Jason Hervey, and more!

ABOUT THE WONDER YEARS
The Wonder Years debuted in 1988 following ABC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, and the affectionate look at growing up in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television. It was 1968 — the year of Nixon, space walks, Mod Squad, and Vietnam. Enter Kevin Arnold, a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School. Set against the suburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d’Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills). Add to the mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness.

The contest is now closed and the winner has been emailed.

Me and Sly…40 Years of Friendship

Stallone in Tampa, 1976

Let me start off my saying that Sylvester Stallone and I are not friends.  Though we’ve spent countless hours together in the dark, it’s been almost four decades since we last spoke.  But as Oscar night is almost upon us, and Stallone is nominated, I thought it would be a good time to talk about my favorite films of his and share the memory of when we first met.

I’ve been in the movie “biz” since the mid-1970s.  I started out as a theatre usher when I was 16.  In 1976 I was a junior in high school.  I joined the staff of the school paper under the guise of wanting to write reviews.  In all honesty, the main reason I joined was because the time we were allotted to work on the paper was right before lunch time.  Many times, we would have to leave campus, under the guise that we were going to try and sell advertising.  But actually it was a great excuse to pass up the school cafeteria and pay a visit to Steak and Shake, Subway or Arthur Treachers.  For those of you under the age of 40, Arthur Treachers was a very popular Fish and Chips restaurant chain, long before Long John Silvers showed up.  To my knowledge, there is only one Arthur Treachers left, located in the food court of the Christiana Mall in Delaware.  But I digress…

In late November of 1976, I was contacted by Steve Otto, who was the film critic of the Tampa Times.  Steve was a former graduate of my high school and had been quite helpful whenever I had a question.  There was an upcoming press junket scheduled for Tampa to highlight a new film coming out called Rocky.  Would I be interested in accompanying him?  Would I have to miss school?  Heck yeah!  For those who aren’t familiar with the event, a press junket is a gathering of film critics who get to see a film early and then spend time with some of the talent.  Most of them take place in New York or Los Angeles these days, though on occasion there are still some regional ones, especially to get the word out on smaller films.

Steve and the others in attendance had seen the film a week before so they had their questions prepared.  I hadn’t, so I just sat quietly and listened.  First up was actress Talia Shire, who I recognized from The Godfather Part II.  She was very polite and answered every question with a smile.  After she had answered every question put to her we were told that “Sly will be here shortly.”  Sly?  Who the hell is Sly?  A few minutes later one of the reps brought in a guy who seemed to be nervous.  The first thing I noticed was that he was shorter than I was.  As he sat down behind a long table the rep said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the writer and star of Rocky, Sylvester Stallone.”  For the next 30 minutes I listened to Stallone talk about his life.  How he felt connected to the character of Rocky Balboa because, like Rocky, his life was changed by a stroke of fate and some amazing good luck.

For those who aren’t familiar with the story, here is a quick rundown.  On March 24, 1975, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali took on a boxer named Chuck Wepner.  The fight was held at the brand new Richfield Coliseum in Ohio.  Wepner, nicknamed “The Bayonne Bleeder” due to his ability to take a punch, was a true underdog.  Before the fight, Ali declared that he would win in three rounds.  Surprisingly, Wepner stood toe to toe with the champ, finally losing by Technical Knock Out with nine seconds left in the 15th and final round.  The fight was televised via closed circuit and in Los Angeles, one of the people watching the fight was Stallone.  A writer as well as an actor, Stallone was inspired by Wepner’s courage and sat down at his typewriter.  Three days later he had the first draft of Rocky.

When the script was circulated around Hollywood, producers jumped over each other in an attempt to purchase it.  But there was a condition.  Whoever bought the script had to agree to let Stallone play Rocky Balboa.  The studios were appalled.  They wanted the script so they could feature Ryan O’Neal, James Caan or Robert Redford.  The bidding got as high as $350,000 but Stallone held firm.  Finally, producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler agreed to his terms.  Stallone was paid a total of $25,000 for writing and acting in the film.  But, like Rocky, his 100-1 shot paid off.

As the press event ended Steve and I walked up to Stallone and said hello.  I told him that I, too, was an actor and I hoped to one day be in the same position he was in.  He reached into a folder and removed a photo of himself.  On it he wrote, “May your dreams come true.”  And he signed it “Sly.”  My first autograph, which I still have and cherish to this day.

Of course, Rocky went on to make over $100 million – very unheard of at the time – and won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  Stallone was nominated both for his screenplay and for Best Actor, losing the script award to Paddy Chayefsky and the acting award to Peter Finch, both from the film Network.  The only thing he took home that night was a new notebook and a gold pen, given to him by Chartoff and Winkler, who told him, “now go home and write the sequel.”  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Here is a list of my 10 favorite Sylvester Stallone films.  Some you may agree on while others you may scratch your head.  Scratch away, my friends.  It’s MY list.

ROCKY
Where it all started.  For a long time this film battled with Jaws for the honor of my favorite film.  I saw the film many times while it was in the theatre and listened to the soundtrack album constantly.  In fact, if you play the music heard during the fight in the film I can tell you almost punch for punch what is happening on screen.  The script is top notch and contains some great lines.  My favorite line in the film takes place after the fight, when Rocky is being peppered by questions.  Calling for his lady love, Adrian, Rocky doesn’t want to acknowledge the reporters surrounding him.  Finally he snaps, “Oh come on, I’ve had enough things in my face tonight.”

F.I.S.T.
The studios lined up at Stallone’s door in the hopes that he would make his next film with them.  The winner was United Artists, who signed Stallone to play Johnny Kovaks, a fictionized version of Jimmy Hoffa.  Stallone also earned a screenplay credit, though, according to co-writer Joe Eszterhas, he didn’t write a word.  There is a great telling of the story in Eszterhas’ book, “Hollywood Animal.”

PARADISE ALLEY
This is Stallone’s directorial debut, working on a script he wrote.  The story deals with the Carbone brothers and their lives in New York’s Hells Kitchen.  Entertaining as hell and featuring Stallone himself singing over the end credits.

FIRST BLOOD
The first appearance of John Rambo, who here is a much more vulnerable than the later Rambo movies.  Stallone did extensive work on the script, including changing the ending of the original novel, in which Rambo dies.

STAYING ALIVE
Technically this is a Stallone film in name only as he co-wrote and directed it.  The film stars John Travolta as Tony Manero and is a sequel to Saturday Night Fever.  However, Stallone does appear in the film as the fur coat wearing gentlemen Travolta bumps into while walking on the sidewalk.  One of my “films I like that no one else does,” I really highlight it to point out how cognizant Stallone was of the Broadway theater scene.  In the film, Tony stars in a new spectacular show called “Satan’s Alley.”  Stallone somehow was able to predict that Broadway would soon be a place where shows were HUGE and over the top.

RHINESTONE
The second film on my “films I like that no one else does” list.  In it, Stallone plays a New York cab driver who becomes the man in the middle of a bet between country singer Dolly Parton and her sleazy manager, played by Ron Liebman.  Here Sly gets countrified and I still laugh every time I hear him pronounce the word “dog” and making it sound like it has two syllables:  “Da-og.”  On the down side, Stallone’s singing is best summed up by co-star Richard Farnsworth, who, after hearing Sly tackle a song, replies, “why that was scary, son.”

TANGO & CASH
Whoever dreamed of teaming up Stallone and Kurt Russell was a genius.  This is a fast and fun film with some great writing and on-screen action.  Extra points to Sly for having a sense of humor.  When one of his fellow law officers chastise his style, saying “he thinks he’s Rambo,” Ray Tango casually replies, “Rambo is a pussy!”

COP LAND
Stallone gained 40 pounds and worked for scale in this drama and, in the process, held his own on screen alongside actors like Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta.

ROCKY BALBOA
After the disappointment that was Rocky V, Stallone resurrected his most famous character and gave him back his dignity.

CREED
Stallone turned down writer/director Ryan Coogler’s request to play Rocky Balboa again for several years before he finally said yes.  In doing so, he becomes the sixth actor to receive (2) Academy Award nominations for playing the same character.  If there is any justice, on Sunday night the Oscar will be going home with Sly.  I warn you, if you’re sitting near me, please have some tissues handy.  If Stallone’s name is called I do believe I may shed some tears of joy.